thINK

A Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Visual Arts Collaboration

March 20th-April 13th, 2017

The th!NK project at the Compass Arts Music and Arts Center is now complete! Thank you so much to all of the volunteers and the following organizations who supported us:

  • Vermont Arts Council
  • Neshobe PTO
  • Lothrop PTO
  • OV Boosters
  • Compass Foundation
  • National Bank of Middlebury
  • OMYA

Below you can see videos of news coverage of the project and read about the project. Click on the "Photographs of the Work" tab above to see many, many pictures of the work (both in progress and finished). Enjoy!


Segment on th!NK starts around 5:20

Closing Reception - Thursday, April 13th from 4-7 pm.

th!NK is a collaboration between all the schools in the Rutland Northeast School District and the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. The concept is to create a large - very large - collaborative drawing by engaging the creative strength of the RNESU students, teachers, parents, and community members.

Beginning March 20th the walls of the main 2,300 sq. ft. gallery space at the Compass Music and Arts Center will be covered with big sheets of blank paper and over the course of the following three weeks more than 900 students and their teachers will take field trips (at least one and as many as four trips a day) to visit and draw on the walls using ink and a brush.

The space will also be open on for a "public draw" on Saturday afternoons (March 25 and April 1) from 1:00-5:00pm, as well as Thursday evenings (March 30 and April 6) from 3:30-7:30pm for families and community members to participate in the drawing as well.

Together the visitors will slowly transform the sheets of blank paper into a single complex and interconnected drawing.

The hope is that this event will be a fun experience that is shared and enjoyed by a wide variety of the Rutland Northeast area community; young, old, confident drawers, timid drawers, lawyers, cashiers, farmers, etc. We also hope that everyone working on this project focuses on making thoughtful choices about what to draw, while considering both what has been drawn before them and what might be drawn after they leave. We believe this will promote conversation and thinking about what it really means to be part of a community.

th!NK is a big undertaking and we have generous, enthusiastic, and amazing support so far from the Neshobe PTO, Lothrop PTO, Otter Valley Boosters, Compass Foundation, National Bank of Middlebury, Brandon Artists Guild, Omya, and the Vermont Arts Council, just to name a few. The project is not set to start until March 20th so I am sure this list will grow longer as time passes but, for now, thank you so much to everyone who has helped so far.

If you are interested in volunteering please email us at jbrodowski@rnesu.org.

Volunteers could work with the students, help clean and prepare supplies, or help supervise the space during the "public draw" times.

The project was inspired by a group called the Sumi Ink Club. Below is a video associated with that group.